In today’s edition, in the Carbon section, Europe and the United States tried to bridge differences over emissions standards for aircraft on Sunday as global aviation leaders prepared to adopt new rules that could affect Boeing Co and Airbus Group’s production of the largest jetliners and freighters. Also, still in the Carbon section, beyond Volkswagen, it’s all of Europe’s diesels that flunked a pollution test.
Quote of the day
“The CO2 standard will push industry to be as fuel-efficient as possible in all market conditions to reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions and the impact of aviation on climate change.”
The Canadian paper presented at ICAO last week, in the Reuters’ story U.N. agency seeks to end rift on new aircraft emission rules (in the Carbon section)
No Questions About Climate Change at GOP Debate Sponsored by Big Oil
By Zaid Jilani – The Intercept
The Republican presidential candidates were asked about the Super Bowl but not the future of the planet Saturday night — there were no questions about climate change or global warming in the debate in St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.
Is climate change making El Niños worse? That remains a scientific mystery
By Randy Lee Loftis – Texas Climate News
Texas has been wetter than normal of late, harking back to massive floods in May and October. Is it El Niño, climate change or other factors?
Industry gets the bill in Obama’s clean transportation plan
By Jenny Mandel – E&E
While an Obama administration proposal yesterday to levy a tax on oil drew jeers from the Republican-controlled Congress, observers say the plan is a sign of the president’s intention to squeeze more climate-changing emissions out of the oil and gas industry.
Take Mr. Obama’s oil fee proposal seriously
Washington Post (Editorial)
President Obama wants to raise gasoline prices. It is about time.
Obama plans to double clean energy research budget
By Jocelyn Timperley – BusinessGreen
The Obama administration is seeking to make good on its promise to dramatically scale up investment in clean energy innovation, with President Obama announcing plans to double US investment in clean energy research to $12.8bn by 2021.
Cleantech Innovate London
February 11, 2016
CERAWeek 2016 Energy Conference
Energy Transition: Strategies for a New World
February 22-26, 2016
The Wall Street Green Trading Summit
Columbia University Club, New York
March 14, 2016
Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table
March 23, 2016
Environmental Markets Association
Office of Dentons, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York
CARBON EXPO 2016
Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference
May 25-27, 2016
Cleantech Innovate Scotland
June 9, 2016
Beyond Volkswagen, Europe’s Diesels Flunked a Pollution Test
By Danny Hakim – The New York Times
European policy makers are now measuring emissions on the road, using portable devices. European officials knew that Volkswagen diesels fell short of pollution limits years before the company became engulfed in an emissions cheating scandal, records show.
U.N. agency seeks to end rift on new aircraft emission rules
By Allison Lampert and Valerie Volcovici – Reuters
Europe and the United States tried to bridge differences over emissions standards for aircraft on Sunday as global aviation leaders prepared to adopt new rules that could affect Boeing Co and Airbus Group’s production of the largest jetliners and freighters.
***LB: Also in this story “Proposals being debated in Montreal by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations’ aviation agency, would force makers of the world’s largest passenger jets to upgrade or stop producing certain models as early as 2023, according to sources close to the negotiations and documents seen by Reuters.”
ADM considers calling time on ethanol mills as oil fall bites
By Gregory Meyer – Financial Times
Exactly 10 years ago, Archer Daniels Midland announced the first of two new corn mills that would cement the agribusiness company’s status as America’s top ethanol producer.
(Australia’s) Energy-efficient housing to get $250m boost from Clean Energy Finance Corporation
By Lenore Taylor – The Guardian
The Turnbull government will announce $250m in loans for energy-efficient public housing on Tuesday, funded by an agency it is still seeking to abolish.
Natural gas / coal
Mark Ruffalo tells David Cameron to abandon fracking
Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo has called on David Cameron to abandon fracking and leave fossil fuels in the ground.
Total turns on gas from west of Shetland Laggan and Tormore fields
Production has begun at a new gas plant that will bring the vast reserves west of Shetland to the mainland.
***LB: Also in this story “The Shetland Gas Plant is said by operator Total to be capable of supplying energy to two million homes.”
Ikea quietly stops selling solar panels to UK householders
By Adam Vaughan – The Guardian
Ikea has quietly stopped selling solar panels to UK householders after the government signalled a drastic cut in solar subsidies and just two years after a media-friendly national launch.
Wind met half of Scotland’s electricity needs in January
Wind power provided almost half of Scotland’s electricity needs last month, according to new analysis released today by WWF Scotland.
The waterless toilet that turns your poo into power
By Oliver Balch – The Guardian
Human excrement is rife with pathogens, “odorant volatiles” (the chemicals that make it smell) and parasites, but it has something going for it: it’s about 75% water.
Encycle Wins a Global Cleantech 100 Award
Encycle, developers of the Swarm Energy Management platform, announced it was a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Global Cleantech 100 award.
GE’s new Current division warms up to Boston’s clean-tech community
General Electric’s LED lighting is among the divisions — in addition to energy storage, electric-car charging, and solar power — that are now under one corporate umbrella called Current.
Germany’s RWE Invests in Orange County Clean Tech Firm, KnGrid
Today KnGrid, a leader in the effort to make it easy for consumers to shift from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy starting with the electric car and RWE New Ventures LLC, Californian daughter of German Utility RWE, announced plans to further strengthen their co-operation.
Drought is still ‘very serious’ in California, despite near record snow
By Darryl Fears – Washington Post
At the Northstar Ski Resort, where a sugary layer of fresh snow gleamed like icing on a wedding cake, Owen Boran, 5, filled up on M&Ms after several trips down the slopes.
South Africa won’t declare national disaster over drought
By Maha El Dahan – Reuters
South Africa will not declare a national disaster in response to its worst drought in a century as it hopes ample late rains will continue to improve the situation, deputy minister of agriculture Bheki Cele said on Sunday.
Brazil Dam Failure May Lead to Homicide Charges
Circle of Blue
Brazil may charge executives at a mining company for homicide over a tailings dam failure that killed 17 people.
It’s not just water that’s poisoning our kids; it’s also our collapsing democracy
By Raffi Cavoukian – the Guardian
What in the water is going on in North America?